MANILA - (UPDATED) Palace Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson on Monday fired back at senators who criticized her over a controversial video that made light of the federalism debate in government.
The video that Uson shared to her 5.6 million Facebook followers last week shows Drew Olivar, her co-host in an online game show, dancing and cheering "Ipepe, ipepe. Idede, idede. Ipede, pede, pede, pederalismo!"
Some senators slammed the video for supposed obscenity and lack of substance.
Uson, however, said it was the senators who showed disrespect when they supposedly ignored allegations of cheating during the 2016 elections and prevented lawyer Glenn Chong from speaking on the issue.
"Ako nagtitimpi lang dito sa ILANG mga Senador na ito. Matagal niyo nang pinaglalaruan ang taumbayan," Uson wrote on Facebook.
"Sino ngayon ang mas baboy sa atin???? Ang laki ng sahod at pondo niyo pero saan niyo ginagamit? Ako na walang natangap diyan sa Pederalismo na 'yan pero sasabihin niyo 'binabastos' ko. KAYO ANG BUMABASTOS SA KATOTOHANAN."
(I've long held my tongue about some senators here. You have been playing games with the public for a long time...Who is worse between us? Your salary and funds are big, but where do you use these? I received nothing from the federalism drive, yet you say that I disrespected it. You are the ones disrespecting the truth.)
"Bakit niyo pinipigilan si Atty Glenn Chong at nililihis ang issue???? Nakinabang ba kayo sa dayaan??? O nakinabang ba ang mga kaibigan ninyo???? KAYO ANG BASTOS!!!," she added.
(Why are you stopping Atty. Glenn Chong and diverting attention away from the issue? Did you benefit from it? Did you friends gain from it? You are the ones who are disrespectful.)
Chong was one of the resource speakers in a Senate hearing last week, which tackled alleged fraud in the 2016 polls.
He was identified by the camp of former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. as one of his representatives for the diagnostics of the election management system servers in 2017, Sen. Franklin Drilon earlier noted.
'NO NEED FOR REPLY'
During Monday's continuation of the Senate hearing on election issues, Chong talked at least 3 times and even presented a slideshow to lawmakers, Sen. Koko Pimentel said in a statement.
"Iba ata meaning nila ng word na TALK," he said of the accusation that Chong was barred from speaking.
(They seem to have a different definition of the word 'talk.')
Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, meanwhile, said Uson's allegations do not warrant a reply.
"Maliwanag naman na maka Duterte man o hindi na mga senador lahat sumasangayon na kabastusan ang ginawa niya kaya hindi na kailangan sagutin pa ang depensa nya," he said in a separate statement.
(It was clear that whether senators are pro-Duterte or not, everyone agreed that what she did was vulgar so there is no need to respond to her defense.)
Malacañang clarified that Uson was not part of the government’s information campaign on federalism.